We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 25.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
So often the top choice of the week in these pages, Alexis Sanchez duly delivered on Saturday and bought his beleaguered manager some respite from an Arsenal fanbase that has very much turned sour in recent weeks. The Chilean scored both goals as the Gunners cemented a 2-0 victory against a Hull side very much on the up. It was much needed win for Arsenal who suffered defeat twice on the bounce prior to Gameweek 25.
Sanchez now tops the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals and in Gameweek 25 he registered top among midfielders for goal attempts and only second to Michail Antonio for touches in the opposition penalty area, with 12.
Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)
In the injury absence of Charlie Austin and saddled the generally inconsistent goal contribution of the hard-working Shane Long, the Saints appear to have found their goalscoring solution. Manolo Gabbiadini, a January arrival from Napoli, has hit the ground running at St. Mary’s and is starting to garner serious fantasy interest.
Two starts, 163 minutes and three goals amount to the Italian’s impressive contribution thus far and his creative potential is likewise substantial, having created three chances for his teammates. No striker has claimed as many efforts on goal over the past two matches – 11 -as the 25 year old. Facing a wounded Arsenal in Gameweek 26, Gabbiadini could flourish yet again.
Martin Olsson (Swansea)
The Swede has been quietly impressive at Swansea since his arrival in January and in Gameweek 25 he played a starring role in their victory over league champions, Leicester.
Olsson was teed up by Gylfi Sigurdsson, and joined his fellow defender Alfie Mawson as a goalscorer in this comprehensive 2-0 victory. The Swans have enjoyed a positive run of form under Paul Clement – four wins in their last six games – but face a daunting task away to Chelsea this coming weekend.
Tyrone Mings (Bournemouth)
The Bournemouth centre-half featured in these pages only last week as the lowest scoring player in PlayON Daily Fantasy Football. Mings didn’t fair too much better against Manchester City as the Cherries were on the losing side yet again – their fourth league defeat in six games.
The young Englishman was introduced as a substitute for the injured Simon Francis and soon found himself on the wrong end of two Man City goals. The first was executed by the poaching skills of Raheem Sterling, whereas the second was turned in by Mings himself. Another bad day at the office for the ex-Ipswich man.
Vito Mannone (Sunderland)
The Italian – alongside fellow Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford – has stood up as the Black Cat’s second best performer on various occasions this season. Their top performer being the 14 goal, ageless Jermain Defoe of course.
Mannone however, was left stranded by his defence in Gameweek 25 and contrived to concede four goals against a relentless Southampton. That said, Mannone still managed to pull off five saves, a statistic that places him just behind Gomes and Lloris for the overall Gameweek.
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Since his head was turned by transfer speculation in January, Diego Costa just hasn’t been the same goalscoring beast that racked up 14 goals in the latter part of 2016. Since the turn of the year, the Brazilian born Spain international has claimed just one strike and that came against Hull City some three games ago. In Gameweek 25, Costa was subdued by a disciplined Burnley side and managed just two efforts on goal. His fantasy ownership is steadily decreasing but facing Swansea in Gameweek 26, Costa may be equipped with the perfect conditions to begin a return to form.